Home About Subscribe Search Member Area

Humanist Discussion Group

< Back to Volume 32

Humanist Archives: Nov. 27, 2018, 6:19 a.m. Humanist 32.229 - PhD studentship in material mathematics

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 229.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
                   Hosted by King's Digital Lab
                Submit to: humanist@dhhumanist.org

        Date: 2018-11-26 10:20:28+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: Open University & MHS Oxford AHRC PhD Studentship on Material Mathematics

> From: 	Stephen Johnston 

AHRC-funded PhD Studentship (Collaborative Doctoral Award) available 
from 1 October 2019

Material Mathematics: Engineering, instruments and the material culture 
of mathematics, 1850-1920

A collaboration between the Open University and the Museum of the 
History of Science, University of Oxford


June Barrow-Green (Open University)

Stephen Johnston (Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford)

Since the 19th century, mathematics has been commonly seen as the 
'purest' and most abstract of the sciences. Recent research has focused 
on the surprising extent to which this drive towards abstraction was 
paralleled by a concrete concern with devices to solve mathematical 
problems in practice. In a wide range of scientific and engineering 
disciplines fields, sophisticated precision instruments were offered as 
both elegant solutions and reliable tools for demanding areas of 
technical practice.

The project will address the role of devices such as planimeters, 
integrators and differential analysers, investigating the networks 
connecting designers, makers and users to analyse how success and 
failure were judged by different audiences.

Focusing on the later 19th and early 20th centuries, and working with 
both museum collections and documentary sources, the successful 
candidate will have privileged access to the Museum of the History of 
Science, both for its collection and its opportunities for public 

Further details are available at


and prospective candidates can contact stephen.johnston@mhs.ox.ac.uk 

The deadline for applications via the Open University route on 
https://www.oocdtp.ac.uk/how-to-apply is 11 January 2019 

Dr Stephen Johnston

Head of Research, Teaching and Collections

Museum of the History of Science | University of Oxford
Broad Street | Oxford OX1 3AZ | United Kingdom

t: +44 (0) 1865 277282 | e: stephen.johnston@mhs.ox.ac.uk 
| w: www.mhs.ox.ac.uk 

Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted
List posts to: humanist@dhhumanist.org
List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org
Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/
Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php

Editor: Willard McCarty (King's College London, U.K.; Western Sydney University, Australia)
Software designer: Malgosia Askanas (Mind-Crafts)

This site is maintained under a service level agreement by King's Digital Lab.